REMINDER-IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE! The Allegros Informational Meeting that was scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th, has been rescheduled to Monday, October 5th, beginning at 3pm and lasting until around 4pm. Please adjust your calendars accordingly. Anyone interested in auditioning for Allegros should attend!
REMINDER! The choir will be again participating in the Homecoming Parade NEXT Friday! We will jam to “Freedom” (it will be taught to you this week) and “Siyahamba” accompanied by percussion! The parade will begin at the Mona Lake Baptist Church on Lake Harbor Rd.
Who can attend? Anyone in Choir! Represent!
Participants should arrive at 4:30 P.M at the church. The parade will start at 5:00 P.M. and will take around 30-45 Min.
Participants are allowed to throw any kind of candy. The parade will end in the Sailor Center parking lot. Then, if you choose, you can go to the tailgate and finally, the game!
REMINDER! Thanks to Bria Whiteman, we now have ALL the Tree Lyrics on the blog! Just click on the link below. You can also go over to “PAGES” on the right hand side of the blog, where you will find a link where you can listen to every song. So, sit down at your computer, open a couple tabs and PRACTICE! It’s never too early to memorize!
Quick Link to the Tree Music Recordings/Videos–CLICK HERE:
REMINDER! Singers: This is the organization with will be giving a concert on behalf of in November: Cure International.
REMINDER! Private Voice Lessons
Mrs. Twining and Mrs. McCallum are offering voice lessons in class and after school to all students in choir! Lessons are on a weekly basis and are $18/half-hour. Though space is limited, you are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity! Voice lessons are invaluable when it comes time to audition for Allegros, Singing Christmas Tree solos, choir placements, coffee house, Solo & Ensemble, Pops, and more! Mrs. Twining and Mrs. McCallum also ready students for voice at the collegiate level as well as auditions for community productions and professional ensembles. Whether you’re new to the world of singing or have been in choir all your life, voice lessons will help round out your musical education by giving you individualized attention in lessons that are tailored to you!
If you are interested in taking voice lessons, please fill out a voice lesson form and turn it in ASAP! Lessons are on a first-come/first-serve basis so don’t wait!
If you are a scholarship recipient you MUST fill a form out and turn it in!
If you take voice lessons with another teacher, you MUST fill out a form with your name and your teacher’s name.
If you have a teacher preference, please indicate that on your sheet!
REMINDER! Our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, continues this week with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($20 per book).
All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 30th. Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir
There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $20 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.
Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds. We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.
Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $10 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!
Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir
Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96
Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200
Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95
Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764
Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61
Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15
Pop Program Printing $1,170.30
Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350
Poster design-Allegros musical -$125
Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84
Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211
Truck Rental Gas to pick up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)
Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)
Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03
Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00
Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20
Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607
Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700
These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!
We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:
A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative)
A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)
Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold
(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)
Thanks for your support!
REMINDER-FORMS/FEES ARE NOW PAST DUE!
They were due, with no loss of points, no later than this past Tuesday, Sept 22nd.
If you had difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, your parent/guardian should have emailed me, wrote me or gave me a call prior to the deadline. We have ways to help you out if needed…but we need to know that there is a need.
There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd.
For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!
REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!
(If you have read all of this already, skip to the bottom for new material, where is says “NEW”. )
I am excited to announce that the choir was selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”
We have decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fund raiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 10th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.
This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.
At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffel, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.
There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.
For more info on the our scrip program, follow this link:
To get signed up with Shelly Brower (you MUST sign up for the “scare” times), or for further information, open the link below:
IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFO!
During construction – you can just show up anytime for any amount of time…. You MUST have waiver form signed by a parent/guardian! There are some on the black table in the choir room and I will have a link up soon as well for an electronic copy. And, Mrs. Brower have extras on site. IMPORTANT REMINDER : NO OPEN TOED SHOES (3 people were sent home last weekend because of this issue…)
Park near the Haunted Hall trailers (4 semi-trailers to right of the barns). FYI, Saturday may be a bit confusing because Sportsmen For Youth has an event there too.
FORMS NEEDED! Link to Waiver and IChat Forms:
REMINDER! WOW! The Haunted Hall construction is going great!
One WISH we have: Does anyone know someone who has a hot-wire cutter for foam? If so, please contact Shelly Brower at 616-566-6659 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be setting up on the following dates:
Monday, 9/21: 6-8:30/9pm
Tuesday, 9/22: 6-8:30/9pm
Wednesday, 9/23: 6-8:30/9pm
Thursday, 9/24: 6-8:30/9pm
Saturday, 9/25: 10am-3pm
Sunday, 9/26: 10am-3pm
A waiver MUST be onsite (signed by a parent/guardian if under 18)
Closed toe shoes must be worn
Your clothes may get paint on them!! (Wear old stuff!)
Bring water bottle and snacks/lunch if needed
Guidelines and sign-up for scaring will be forthcoming this week.
NOTE: EVERYONE working during scare time MUST ATTEND a MANDATORY SAFETY MEETING! (even if you have completed this in the past!)
Safety Meeting Dates (choose only 1):
Sunday, September 27: 4-6:30pm
Tuesday, September 29, 6:30-8:00pm
Look for scare guidelines and an availability form on Wednesday! This will be the best year yet!!!
REMINDER! Are you participating in our awesome scrip program? You can raise lots of money doing so and use that money for many things school related. No need to sell or buy anything (just purchase gift cards from us and use them to pay your tabs just about anywhere and watch your kid’s account grow! Below is the most current scip form detailing what businesses have scrip and what percentage they give back to your account.
2015-2016 HOURS: School Year Scrip Hours are every Thursday evening from 5:15pm-6:30pm in the front lobby of the High School, beginning September 10th.
FOR FURTHER INFO ABOUT SCRIP, CONTACT LYNNE DIFFEL AT: email@example.com or 799-9626.
UPDATED SCRIP ORDER FORM (UPDATE POSTED ON 9/4/15) AVAILABLE HERE!! Attached is an updated scrip order form for your convenience and information.
Follow this link: Scrip Form Updated 9/4/15
HERE ALSO IS A LINK TO OUR SCRIP EXPLANATION, GUIDELINES AND RULES (updated Sept. 2013)
REMINDER! Since some of you have asked, YES, you can use your scrip account for your lunch account needs!